What's Happening at SJE
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 25/26, 2020

Today’s readings remind us that stewardship is not just a thing we do. Instead, stewardship is at the core of who we are as disciples of Christ.

Our first reading, from Isaiah, contains this prophecy of Christ and what His saving message would mean to all who embrace it. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone.” We are among those blessed people on whom the light of Christ has shone. By virtue of our baptism, we, who were once in the darkness of original sin, have been reborn into the great light that is God’s grace in us.

What a privilege! Yet, with this privilege comes the responsibility to live for God and bring His good news to all we meet at work, at school, in our community, and right in our own home; in other words, to live as His good stewards.

And, there is a particular urgency that comes with the call to a stewardship way of life as we see in our Gospel passage from Matthew. Jesus says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In other words, turn away from selfishness, turn towards God, and live as His disciple now; don’t wait!

In this same passage, the very first disciples give us examples of a good steward’s prompt “yes” when the Lord called to them. Our Lord invites them to “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They did not hesitate, but “immediately left their boat and followed him.” They put our Lord and His will first. 

This is the essence of a stewardship way of life; to be always ready for the ways our Lord is calling us to bring His light to others. It’s more than something we do. It’s who we are.
Wednesday, January 22
  • 6:30 p.m. Dart Ball - Hall
  • 6:30 p.m. Gym Unavailable
  • 7:00 p.m. Respect Life Holy Hour - Church

Thursday, January 23
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 9:00 a.m. Secular Franciscans - Rectory Room A
  • 11:00 a.m. School - Early Dismissal (Trimester Conferences)
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 6:00 p.m. Adult Hand Bell Choir - Music Room
Cousin's Sub Day

Friday, January 24
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • No School
Saturday, January 25
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Confessions during Mother of Perpetual Help Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 2:00 p.m. School Open House/Book Fair

Sunday, January 26
  • 3:00 p.m. Hall Unavailable
  • 6:00 p.m. High School RE Classes - School

Monday, January 27
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Tuesday, January 28
  • 7:30 a.m. Mass followed by St. Anthony Devotion, Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 1:00 p.m. Consoling the Heart of Jesus - Room A
  • 2:45 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal - Music Room
  • 7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal - Music Room

Wednesday, January 29
  • 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Small Plates, Big Hearts!
A Night at St. John's

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Food stations from a variety of local restaurants!
Come and enjoy the food, drinks, music, raffles, and an online silent auction. Click  here for more information. 

Tickets are now available. The presale ticket price is $25.
On the day of the event, the price will be $35

To purchase tickets online, click  here!

We are in the process of securing the restaurants for the event so check back often.

We are now accepting auction and raffle donations for our event! As you are shopping look for the following items that make for a successful auction: electronics, jewelry, sports/outdoor equipment, household items, timeshares, sporting event tickets, sports memorabilia, spa items, etc.

If you would like to give SCRIP gift cards for our event please click here for the flyer and follow the instructions.

Questions? Email  SJEGive@stjohns-grfd.org
Consoling the Heart of Jesus
Session 2

The second session of the Consoling the Heart of Jesus series will be held on Tuesday, January 28, at 1:00 pm in Room A. During this second session, there will be a group discussion of Part 2: Obstacle “0” - How Can We Console Jesus if He Is Happy in Heaven and Obstacle “1” - Fear of Suffering, focusing on pages 46 - 75 of the book.


Author Michael Gaitley provides a thoughtful and prayerful guide to Consoling our Lord’s Heart. It is based on St. Ignatius’ 30-day spiritual retreat and promises to bring a closer relationship with Christ and a deepening of spirituality, along with Christ’s Divine Mercy messages. In session one, we gained an awareness of God’s infinite mercy and how we can give Him joy, showing us the way to console His heart by accepting His love and trusting in Him completely. Our one desire and choice should be what is more conducive to the end for which we were created, to praise and serve God our Lord. 

If you have any questions, please contact
Laura Lee at 414-840-0261
CDs from Augustine Institute

Did you know we have CDs (and other items) located in the narthex? Each week we will highlight one of the available CDs.

Cost is $4 each.
As a young man, the last thing Fr. Joshua Waltz ever thought he would be was a Catholic priest. But a series of choices—some bad and some good—ultimately led him to enter the seminary. In this talk, Fr. Waltz shares an incredible vocation story that involves heartbreak, robbers, Europe, and several miracles—all showing that there is nothing more exciting than a life lived for Jesus Christ.
Whether you want to check off that home improvement project, up your workout routine, or cook more meals at home, use SCRIP to achieve your resolutions. When you purchase SCRIP, St. John's will receive a percentage. Click here to view and print our order form. We order on Mondays and have them ready to be picked up no later than Thursday each week.

Upcoming SCRIP weekends are February 1/2 and 15/16. As always, SCRIP is available in the Parish Office during regular business hours.
This program allows .5% of your shopping on Amazon to be donated to St. John the Evangelist.

If you purchase Scrip, St. John's receives an additional 2.25%. That's 2.75% of your purchases to St. John's if you are already shopping Amazon.
What's Happening in Our School
Cousins Sub Day
Thursday, January 23

Do you have the winter blues and don't know what to eat for lunch or dinner? We have the answer! Cousins Subs at 7495 W. Layton Ave. will donate a portion of all sales to SJE School on Thursday, January 23. Just by stopping in and having lunch or dinner you can help our excellent school.

Scrip cards are available in the Parish Office during regular business hours or during SCRIP sale weekends.
In the Coming Weeks
The newsletter is published on Wednesdays. Articles for each week's publication are due on Mondays at noon.

To submit articles e-mail to: newsletter@stjohns-grfd.org
"Remember God's Will in Yours!"

Please keep the needs of St. John the Evangelist in mind as you do your estate planning. For information on how to include the parish as a beneficiary, contact the Parish Office at 414-321-1965.
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